Berkeley Kellys Gloucestershire Directory 1863

Berkeley is a parish, comprising the town of Berkeley, with the tithings of Alkington, Breadstone, Hamfallow, Hinton and Ham and Stone, corporate and market town, 114 miles from London, 15 south-south-west from Gloucester, and 7 from Thornbury, in Dursley county court district and rural deanery, Berkeley hundred, Thornbury union, Gloucester archdeaconry, and diocese of Gloucester and BristoI. It is situated near the navigable river Severn, about 24 miles from the Berkeley road station on the Bristol and Birmingham railway, and 3½, from the Gloucester and Berkeley canal. In the reign of Edward I. this town was a borough, but the charter has been annulled, though there is still a corporation. The petty sessions are held at the petty sessional court house for the upper division of the hundred. The church of St. Mary is a large and ancient stone edifice in the Early English or Pointed style, having a detached tower of much more recent erection. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of Lord Fitzhardinge; the Rev. John Seton-Karr, M.A., is the incumbent. There are a Free school and a British school, supported chiefly by voluntary contributions. The Independents and Wesleyans have each a place of worship here. The trade consists chiefly in coals, timber, malt, and cheese. Fairs are held on the 14th of May and 1st of December, for cattle and pigs, and additional markets are held on the first Wednesday in each month excepting those before mentioned. The manor embraces nearly thirty parishes, and is one of the most extensive in the kingdom. It was granted by William the Norman to Roger de Berkeley, who built the castle at the south-east side of the town; Henry II. deprived his successor of the title and estates for espousing the cause of Stephen, and conferred them upon Robert Fitzhardinge, who assumed the title of Baron de Berkeley. In this castle, after experiencing all the indignities and cruelties that could be conceived, the unfortunate Edward II. was murdered by his keepers — the Lords Gournay and Montravers; above the steps leading to the keep is a room called the dungeon, containing the original furniture, and is shown as having been the place where the deed was committed; the building is the residence of Lord Fitzhardinge, and is one of the finest and most perfect feudal fortresses in the kingdom. In this town was born and buried Dr. Edward Jenner, who introduced the practice of vaccination. Berkeley parish contained 4,316 inhabitants in 1861, and 13,420 acres. In Berkeley borough are 1,011 inhabitants; in Hamfallow tithing and the hamlets of Halmore and Wanswell, 692; in Hinton tithing and Purton hamlet, 620; in Breadstone tithing, 129; in Alkington tithing, 1,010; in Ham tithing and Stone chapelry, 854. Ham and Stone are united for the relief of the poor.

Parish Clerk, Edwin Drinkwater Ghosley.


Berkeley The Hon. Col. Francis Wm. Fitzhardinge, M.P. Wickselme

Clark Mrs. Clapton

Cooper John, esq. Newport

Cornock William, esq. Newport

Croome James, esq. Breadstone

Croome John, esq. Breadstone

Ellis Mrs

Fitzhardinge Right Hon. Lord, Berkeley castle

Hands Francis, esq

Harper Miss

Hickes George, esq

Hickes John Cox, esq

Humphreys Chas. Jones, esq. Acton ho

Hurd Rev. William [Independent]

Jones Mr. John, Clapton

Long Mr. Octavius, Ham

McLellan Cant. James, Middleton ho

Seton-Karr Rev. John M.A., j.p.[vicar]

Sutton Mrs

Woolright Mrs. Salter house


Adams George, farmer, Woodford

Adams Thomas, linendraper

Adams William, farmer, Woodford

Allen Charles, farmer, Heathfield

Allen James, baker

Allen Robert, farmer, Clapton

Andrews Mary (Mrs.), White Hart, Newport

Ayliffe Charles & James, carpenters & wheelwrights

Bailey Elias, farmer, Abwell

Bailey Henry, farmer, Wolgaston farm, Mobley

Baker John, grocer

Baldwin Caroline (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Barber Joseph, butcher & brewer

Barrett Henry, beer retailer, Halmore

Barton James, farmer, Oakleys farm

Bennett Joseph, farmer, Alkington

Birch Henry, Ship

Brown William, Old Bell, Alkington

Carter Giles, wheelwTight, Newport

Cary John, Berkeley Arms, & posting house

Clark Daniel, fancy repository

Clark Eliza (Miss), shoe warehouse

Clark Thomas, park keeper, Whitecliff park

Clutterbuck Fredk. farmer, Haynes frm

Clutterbuck Jno.jun.farmer,Buckets hill

Clutterbuck John, sen. farmer, Sisons

Cooke James Herbert, land steward to Lord Fitzhardinge

Coole Jasper, blacksmith & ironmonger

Cope George, plasterer

Cope John, Swan

Cornock Levi, farmer, Fishinghouse frm

Cornock Nicholas, farmer, Breadstone

Coupland Hannah (Miss), ladies’ school

Cox James, farmer, Rookery farm

Cox Miss, farmer, Clapton

Cox Robert, farmer, Blanchworth

Creese Edmund, farmer, Halmore

Croome James, land agent & surveyor, Breadstone

Cullimore James, farmer, Swanley green

Dainton Henry, linendraper

Dash Emanuel, shoemaker

Daw George, stonemason

Daw Henry, farmer, Crawless farm

Dowell John, coal merchant

Dyer Henry, cabinet maker, Newport

Eley Ann (Mrs.), saddler

Evans James, farmer, Woodford

Fear Abraham, cooper

Ford Charles, farmer, Clapton

Galsford William, solicitor, clerk to the magistrates, clerk to the gas inspectors, commissioner for taking acknowledgments & for affidavits in all the courts

Hazard James, farmer, Panthurst

Ghosley Edwin Drinkwater, builder

Glover Wm. Alfred, wine & spirit mercht

Griffiths ‘Anslem John, registrar of births & deaths & relieving officer

Hadley William Pearce, coal merchant & miller, Oil mills

Hands Francis, surgeon

Harding Stephen, farmer, Sanagar farm

Harris John, farmer, Breadstone

Hathway Wm. Henry, Mariner’s Anns

Hewitt Robert, farmer, Michael’s wood

Hickes George, solicitor

Hickes John Cox, surgeon

Hooper John, farmer, Kit’s green

Hooper Thomas, brewer, Newport

Hooper Thos. farmr. Lyon farm, Newport

Humphreys Charles Jones, surgeon, Acton house

Hopkins John, Spread Eagle, Newport

Ingram Ann (Miss), Fox, Woodford

Isaacs James, grocer

Jones Daniel, farmer, New park

Jones Henry, farmer, Halmore

Jones John, farmer, Willis elm

King James, grocer

King Samuel, boot & shoe maker

King Thomas, blacksmith

Knight Edmund, baker, Woodford

Lane Samuel Edward, watchmaker

Legge David, auctioneers wine & spirit merchant

Leonard Geo. Nelmes, farmr. Brown’s mill

Long Joseph, farmer, Berkeley heath

Long Octavius, steward to Lord Fitzhardinge, Ham

Long Robt. farmr. Peddington House frm

Mabbett John, omnibus proprietor

Mackintosh Alexander, linendraper & sub-distributor of stamps

Marling Oliver George, grocer & baker

Mason Samuel, school

Merritt William, mason

Moffatt Nathaniel, baker & grocer

National Provincial Bank of England (branch of) (Mr. W. Canu, manager), draw on London Joint Stock bank

Neale Benjamin, farmer, Oldminster

Neale Martin, farmer, Peddington

Oliver James, confectioner

Organ Charlotte (Miss), dressmaker, Newport

Organ David, Crown, Newport

Parslow William, farmer, Breadstone

Paskett Julia (Miss), ladies’ school

Pearce Francis, farmer, Wanswell court

Pearce Robert, maltster

Pearce Thomas Taylor, farmer, Mobley farm, Alkington

Phillips George, farmer, Highfleld

Phillips Jas. Gastrill, plumber & glazier

Phillips John, grocer

Phillips John, shopkeeper

Phipps James, shoemaker

Pick Isaac, carrier, Woodford

Pick James, farmer, Vens

Pick Thomas, White Lion

Ponting Charles, farmer, Woodford

Ponting John, farmer, Saniger

Ponting William, farmer, Hamfield farm

Pool Henry, beer retailer

Poole Daniel, tailor

Pope William, grocer

Porter William, china & glass dealer

Povey Lewis, printer & bookseller

Pullen Henry Fitzherbert, chemist

Reynolds Robert, beer retailer & butcher

Rodway Thomas, tailor

Savage Samuel, farmer, Breadstone

Seek Charles, beer retailer & shoe maker, Mobley

Shatford John, fanner, Flood Gates farm, Ham green

Sheppard John, shopkeeper, Newport

Sheppard Thomas Bailey, rate & tax collector, & deputy registrar of births, deaths & marriages, Canon house

Shipway John, beer retailer, Newport

Smith Elias, farmer, Tanhouse farm

Smith Harriet (Mrs.), shoe dealer

Smith Joseph, farmer. Newport

Smith William, butcher

Sturge Joseph, haircutter

Summers William, grocer, Newport

Sutton Daniel, grocer & linendraper

Tratman Charles, farmer, Breadstone

Tratman Timothy, farmer, Breadstone

Warner Hester (Mrs.), chemist

Webster Swan, White Hart hotel & commercial house

Woodman Hester (Mrs.), beer retailer

Woolright Thomas, maltster

Worden William, farmer, Clapton

Post Office & Post Office Savings Bank. — Mary Dowell, postmistress. Letters are delivered at 6.45 a.m.; dispatched at 7.5 p.m. Money order office open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m

Magistrates (attending the petty sessions): — Lord Fitzhardinge, Rev. John Seton-Karr, M.A., Hon. Col. Berkeley, E. G. Hallewell, esq. Samuel Long, esq. Capt. Morse

Insurance Agents: —

Atlas, N. Moffatt

Clerical, Medical & General Life, Wm. Gaisford, esq

Law Fire, William Gaisford, esq

Norwich Union Life, A. Mackintosh

Royal Farmers’ Fire & Life, David Legge

Sun Fire, Thomas Adams

Public Establishments: —

Excite Office, Berkeley Arms

Stamp Office, Alexander Mackintosh, sub-distributor

Police Station, John Shepherd, sergeant

Public Officers: —

Clerk to the Magistrates for the Upper Division of the Hundred, William Gaisford

Registrar of Births, Deatlis & Marriages, Anslem John Griffiths

Public Schools: —

Free, Rev. John Seton-Karr, M.A. master; William George, second master

British, William Dunstall, master; Miss White, mistress

Conveyance. — Omnibus from John Mabbett’s to meet every train at the Berkeley road station

Source: Post Office Directory of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and the City of Bristol, Printed and Published by Kelly and Co., Old Boswell Court, St. Clement’s, Strand, London. 1863.

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